Here’s some quick hits on the biggest news items from around Major League Baseball on Wednesday November 25th:
- In the big news for the day, the Oakland Athletics announced that they have reacquired SS/3B Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-hander Brendan McCurry
- The Chicago White Sox announced that they have signed free agent catcher Alex Avila to a one year contract worth $2.5 million for 2016.
- The Braves signed free agent right hander Bud Norris to a one year deal worth $2.5 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
- Several DFA’d players have elected free agency, including John Axford, Brandon Gomes, and Daniel Nava.
- In several minor trades, the Indians acquired Kirby Yates, the Cubs acquired Rex Brothers, the Orioles acquired L.J. Hoes, and finally the Pirates acquired Allen Webster.
- In other news from Jon Heyman’s Inside Baseball piece, the Baltimore Orioles have interest in Alex Gordon and have reached out to Yovani Gallardo, the Mariners seem to view re-signing free agent Hisashi Iwakuma as a priority, Pedro Alvarez appears to be willing to be traded, and finally the St. Louis Cardinals have shown the heaviest interest in signing Ben Zobrist.
- Finally on the rumor front, it is reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, that the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox, Cubs, and Cardinals appear to be the five teams with “major” interest in signing David Price this offseason.